December 17, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York donates two decommissioned ambulances to St. John Ambulance York Region branch

Retired ambulances to provide support at community events
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today approved the donation of two decommissioned ambulances to the St. John Ambulance York Region branch. 
These two ambulances will be used for support at community events in York Region. 
 
“The York Region branch of St. John Ambulance helps improve the health, safety and quality of life of residents by providing a variety of training and community services,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The donation of two decommissioned York Region Emergency Medical Response ambulances enhances the services provided by this local charity and demonstrates the Region’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs our residents.”
 
York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulances must be replaced after 54 months or when the mileage exceeds 250,000 kilometres, to comply with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regulations.  In previous years, York Region has donated other decommissioned ambulances, including two to St. John Ambulance in 2004.
 
“The Regional Municipality of York and St. John’s Ambulance York Region branch share a strong and long-standing relationship in providing care to our residents,” said Town of Markham Regional Councillor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Health and EMS Committee.  “Since 2003, York Region has been working with St. John Ambulance on a number of fronts to provide our community with improved special event planning, coverage, deployment and emergency medical and first aid response.”
 
“In York Region, there are more than 400 hard-working and dedicated volunteers in the Cadet, Car Seat, Therapy Dog, Medical First Responder, Training and Emergency Preparedness divisions, “said York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge, Chairman of St. John Ambulance York Region Branch.  “These ambulances are an integral part of the community service provided by St. John Ambulance and as a volunteer organization we greatly value York Region’s generous donation.”
 
Today’s donation will allow St. John Ambulance York Region branch to replace the units donated by the Region in 2004, which have now reached the end of their operational life cycle.
 
For more information on St. John Ambulance York Region Branch, please visit their website at http://www.sja.ca/Ontario/pages/York%20Region.aspx
 
For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
                       Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753
                       Email: Jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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